My books are generally well reviewed, thankfully. But, I realize they aren’t inexpensive. The prices are set by my publisher and the pricesÂ were increased a few bucks forÂ Lean Hospitals andÂ Healthcare Kaizen.Â The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen was left untouched, thankfully.
I’m always happy when Amazon discounts the books from the list price. I really am. Sure, I make a few bucks from each book copy sold (it’s a far smaller cut than what the retailer and publisher take, trust me). As an author, I want these ideas to spread. That’s very important to me. More people reading my books also leads to speaking and consulting opportunities (which I’m very thankful for).
Did you know thatÂ renting the books through Amazon in the Kindle format is the least expensive way to read my books?
I think, by now, that more people realize you don’t need a Kindle device anymore to read Kindle books. You can read Kindle books on iPads, tablets, phones, PCs, Macs, or even in your browser through the FREE Kindle software apps. There’s some fine print to that statement, asÂ The Executive Guide is in a particular sub-format of Kindle book that requires a large screen (like an iPad) since it’s a page-for-page reproduction of the paper book. My other books are in the more traditional format that re-formats well for the e-ink Kindle devices and smaller screens like phones.
I think it’s less well known that you can RENT Kindle books for a much lower price.
For example, you can rentÂ The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen for 30 days for just over $5.
The rental costs a little more for a longer period:
If you try the book and like it, you can apply what you’ve spent on the rental toward BUYING the book. It’s a great way, it seems, to “try before you buy” even if you want to buy the paperback version.
I honestly have NO IDEA how authors get paid when readers rent books. Like I said above, I’m honestly just happy to see the ideas spread and I’m honored that people would take time out of their busy day to read my work (and better yet, use the ideas to improve their organization).
That said, please don’t email me asking for a free book. I don’t get free books from the publisher (although I do get to buy them at a decent discount).
About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Customer Success for the technology company KaiNexus. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.